The Site Corot factory in Limoges, France was once famous for its eclectic, avant-garde porcelain dinnerware, but it hasn't produced anything in over a decade. Now it's back, under new creative direction, and issuing both new and classic designs, like the Florida pattern seen above.
Our refrigerator has an ice maker. Like many ice makers, it doesn't really work. (Ours works sporadically, dumping a ton of ice in the middle of the night and waking me from a deep sleep, with my heart pounding. Fun times.) A while ago, we decided to go old school and keep a bunch of ice trays in the freezer. Then we got obsessed, finding interesting trays wherever we went.
Leave it to Aquaovo, makers of these seriously beautiful water filters, to come up with a water bottle that puts all other water bottles to shame. The Alter Ego is a water bottle with a built-in filtration system, which means you can drink clean water wherever you are in the world!
Traveling far from home and want something to bring back that has major impact? Consider a traditional tablecloth from the area you're visiting. They're often lightweight and can be folded compactly enough to fit into your luggage. (If not, they're easily shipped.) Open it up at home and instantly be transported back to your great escape.
It's no wonder that my favorite things to buy when I'm traveling are cheese-related. This cheese board from a small town in Puglia, called Ostuni, and I have yet to see another one that resembles it. I purchased something else while there, too, and its use is far less obvious than the cheese board's.
I've wanted to write about my Japanese ice cream spoons for years, but because I haven't been able to find them anywhere outside of Japan, it just didn't seem fair to rave about how they are the perfect spoons for eating ice cream, how my guests always love them, and how beautiful they are if you, the readers, couldn't buy a set of your own. But since we are talking about special travel souvenirs this week, now seems like the right time to share these spoons that can only be found in person, at a particular place.
We have an entire shelf of coffee mugs collected from near and far, but this one — this eggshell white mug that I carried around the Heath Ceramics store in Sausalito until I convinced myself to buy it — this coffee mug is distinctly and definitely mine. Mine with a capital M.
Go big or go home. Isn't that how the saying goes? That came to mind when I saw this big, blushing dining table centerpiece. Blossoming branches make for quite an eye-catching table display, don't you think? Perfect for summer!